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Selection picks same team

Published: 
Friday, July 13, 2018

T&T is set to be without a male table tennis team for next week's Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games as a dispute over the team selections made by the T&T Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) continues to loom.

On Monday, the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC)'s Arbitration Panel ruled that process used by the TTTTA selection committee in choosing Cutis Humphreys, Aaron Wilson, Yuvraaj Dookram and Arun Roopnarine, was flawed and should be redone by a new committee.

The TTTTA was unable to meet the panel's deadline of Tuesday afternoon, as it claimed that it was having difficulties in convincing members to join the new selection committee due to adverse media coverage of the impasse.

On Wednesday night, the association held an emergency meeting and Verna Edwards, Ray Fermin and Dave Ramoutar agreed to be part of the committee.

According to an email sent by TTTTA president Ian Joseph to the attorneys for veteran player Dexter St Louis, who initiated the arbitration, the committee selected the same team as its predecessors.

"The Committee was disadvantaged to find all the information required to make a final decision based on the selection policy, and did not have the time to do the research. In addition, all players selected would have met the criteria outlined in the selection policy," Joseph said.

He went on: "The ad-hoc committee trusts that the last committee would have done the research to determine the composition of the team."

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